ut from the same cinematic cloth as Steven Spielberg’sAmistad, British director Steve McQueen has taken the heartbreaking true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, to create one of the most emotionally harrowing films in recent memory.
Over the years cinema’s approach to American slavery has been rather sporadic and hollow, with Quentin Tarantino’sDjango Unchained failing to truly reflect its savagery and inhumanity on screen. In fact, director Spike Lee angrily tweeted: “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust.”
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